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'American mercenaries are torturing' Saudi elite rounded up by new crown prince - and billionaire Prince Alwaleed was hung upside down 'just to send a message'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5108651/American-mercenaries-torturing-Saudi-princes.html




'Saudi princes and billionaire businessmen arrested in a power grab earlier this month are being strung up by their feet and beaten by American private security contractors, a source in the country tells DailyMail.com.

The group of the country's most powerful figures were arrested in a crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman three weeks ago as he ordered the detention of at least 11 fellow princes and hundreds of businessmen and government officials over claims of corruption.

DailyMail.com can disclose that the arrests have been followed by 'interrogations' which a source said were being carried out by 'American mercenaries' brought in to work for the 32-year-old crown prince, who is now the kingdom's most powerful figure.

'They are beating them, torturing them, slapping them, insulting them. They want to break them down,' the source told DailyMail.com.

'Blackwater' has been named by DailyMail.com's source as the firm involved, and the claim of its presence in Saudi Arabia has also been made on Arabic social media, and by Lebanon's president.

The firm's successor, Academi, strongly denies even being in Saudi Arabia and says it does not engage in torture, which it is illegal for any U.S. citizen to commit anywhere in the world.

The Saudi crown prince, according to the source, has also confiscated more than $194 billion from the bank accounts and seized assets of those arrested.'


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Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran 'the new Hitler of the Middle East'
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5113221/Saudi-Crown-Prince-calls-Iran-leader-new-Hitler-NYT.html



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Saudi officials detain 11 Princes after they protested at a royal palace over austerity measures including being forced to pay their own utility bills

* Saudi government has introduced reforms aimed at cutting huge budget deficit
* Princes gathered at palace demanding cancellation of decree ending free bills
* Guards who arrested them linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
* He is leading reform campaign that has seen 200 officials and royals detained

By Tariq Tahir For Mailonline
Published: 17:54 GMT, 6 January 2018
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5242069/Saudi-princes-detained-complaining-bills.html



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Whither Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ‘Moderate’ Islam?
http://www.globalresearch.ca/whither-saudi-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salmans-moderate-islam/5626922





'Recent Algerian media reports detailing Saudi propagation of a quietist, apolitical yet supremacist and anti-pluralistic form of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism raises questions about the scope of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s commitment to what he has termed ‘moderate’ Islam. So does Saudi missionary activity in Yemen.

The missionary activities suggest that Saudi Arabia continues to see ultra-conservatism as the primary ideological antidote to Iranian revolutionary zeal. Saudi Arabia has invested an estimated $100 billion over the last four decades in globally promoting ultra-conservatism in a bid to counter the Islamic republic. The campaign has contributed to greater conservatism and intolerance in Muslim communities and countries and in some cases fuelled sectarianism.

Saudi support for ultra-conservatism does not by definition call into question the kingdom’s determination to fight violent radicalism and extremism, and counter non-violent political expressions of Islam.

More recently, the kingdom has been willing to surrender control of major religious institutions that it funds and controls when that proves to be beneficial to improving its image, tarnished by negative perceptions of its support for ultra-conservatism.'



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US may open path for Saudi Arabia to acquire nuclear weapons
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US may open path for Saudi Arabia to acquire nuclear weapons
http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180221-us-may-open-path-for-saudi-arabia-to-acquire-nuclear-weapons/





'Saudi Arabia is moving swiftly to become the next country in the Middle East with nuclear power. The Kingdom is on the verge of striking a deal with the US for the purchase of nuclear reactors despite concerns over its refusal to accept stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, who is the de facto ruler of the country, has ambitious plans to diversify the country’s energy source and is in the market to purchase nuclear power reactors. The potential for lucrative deals is too good to be missed and the Trump administration is thought to be mulling over loosening US law to win Saudi contracts, worth billions. The Kingdom has refused to be bound by stringent US regulations that restrict reprocessing and enriching uranium for the production of nuclear weapons. Spam_A Spam_B With competitors like Russia and China waiting in the wings, Trump is keen to strike a deal with the Saudi’s and breathe new life into the American nuclear industry.

Finalists to build nuclear power stations along the Kingdom’s desolate Arabian Gulf strip will be announced in the coming months, but it’s not certain if the US will be the one to strike the deal. Israel, despite having its own nuclear arsenal, is strongly opposed to any other country in the Middle East acquiring nuclear weapons and with alliances constantly shifting in the region it may try to derail any deal.

US policy also seeks to limit nuclear weapons proliferation especially in the Middle East but Trump may have no option other than to lower restrictions with Saudi Arabia.'



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US may open path for Saudi Arabia to acquire nuclear weapons
http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180221-us-may-open-path-for-saudi-arabia-to-acquire-nuclear-weapons/





'Saudi Arabia is moving swiftly to become the next country in the Middle East with nuclear power. The Kingdom is on the verge of striking a deal with the US for the purchase of nuclear reactors despite concerns over its refusal to accept stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, who is the de facto ruler of the country, has ambitious plans to diversify the country’s energy source and is in the market to purchase nuclear power reactors. The potential for lucrative deals is too good to be missed and the Trump administration is thought to be mulling over loosening US law to win Saudi contracts, worth billions. The Kingdom has refused to be bound by stringent US regulations that restrict reprocessing and enriching uranium for the production of nuclear weapons. Spam_A Spam_B With competitors like Russia and China waiting in the wings, Trump is keen to strike a deal with the Saudi’s and breathe new life into the American nuclear industry.

Finalists to build nuclear power stations along the Kingdom’s desolate Arabian Gulf strip will be announced in the coming months, but it’s not certain if the US will be the one to strike the deal. Israel, despite having its own nuclear arsenal, is strongly opposed to any other country in the Middle East acquiring nuclear weapons and with alliances constantly shifting in the region it may try to derail any deal.

US policy also seeks to limit nuclear weapons proliferation especially in the Middle East but Trump may have no option other than to lower restrictions with Saudi Arabia.'



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Why not ? After 35 years, Saudi Arabia allowed children to go the movie-theatres.
Reward from USA: Nuclear weapons.  :o :o

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/11/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-movie-theaters.html



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Boris Johnson throws support behind Saudi prince accused of Yemen human rights abuses
http://www.rt.com/uk/420178-yemen-johnson-binsalman-visit/





'The UK government is throwing its arms open to Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, ignoring calls from activists to arrest the royal on entry over his alleged involvement in the human rights atrocities in Yemen.

Boris Johnson is among those keen to praise bin Salman ahead of his visit to the UK. In a piece for the Times, the foreign secretary hailed the royal for “reforms” in his kingdom.

“The worst response would be for Britain to criticise from the sidelines or shun the kingdom altogether; instead our role must be to encourage [the crown prince] along this path,” Johnson wrote in the Times. “Be in no doubt: the future of Saudi Arabia – and indeed the region and the wider Muslim world – depends on his success. Spam_A Spam_B “Hence the importance of the crown prince’s visit to London. This will be a chance to strengthen our relationship with Saudi Arabia… I will not minimise Britain’s differences with the kingdom. I want Saudi Arabia to do more to protect human rights. But we cannot deliver these messages or resolve our disagreements unless we meet the kingdom’s leaders.

“You might reply that far more needs to be done to reach a peaceful settlement in Yemen and ensure that aid gets through to everyone in need. I agree. That is exactly why we need to discuss these vital matters with the crown prince during his visit to the UK.”

Britain’s top diplomat highlighted recent reforms in the Saudi kingdom in the last eight months since Mohammed bin Salman became crown prince. “The ban on women driving has been overturned,” he said. “Gender segregation has been relaxed. The kingdom has adopted an official target for women to account for 30% of the workforce: in February women were allowed to register their own businesses. Women now attend sporting events and from next month cinemas will open their doors to everyone.”'



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Why Saudis should not be allowed to enrich uranium?
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Why Saudis should not be allowed to enrich uranium?
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'Saudi Arabia’s rulers have asked the US to help them expand the oil-rich kingdom’s nuclear program to include uranium enrichment, a move that experts warn is not to be taken lightly considering the Riyadh regime’s never-ending thirst for political and military dominance in the Middle East region.

When US President Donald Trump chose Saudi Arabia instead of Israel as the first destination on his debut Middle East tour last year, the common consensus was that Riyadh enjoyed a special place on the new American administration’s agenda.

During the trip in May, Trump secured a $110 billion deal to provide Saudis with advanced weapons. The news rattled even Israeli leaders who thought the Tel Aviv regime would lose its self-proclaimed military superiority in the region as a result.

The biggest outcome of the trip, however, was yet to come. Spam_A Spam_B Barely a month later, Saudi King Salman ousted his nephew, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as next-in-line to the throne and replaced him with his then-31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).

Trump apparently took joy in the move and projected it as a victory for himself. “We put our man on top,” is what he said in reaction to MBS’ rise to power, according to the controversial book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

With the young, ambitious prince on top, Saudi soon developed an appetite for change in various areas, including nuclear.

Having already signed an agreement with the US in 2008 for a “civilian” nuclear program, the Riyadh regime now wanted more.

There are reports that US Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih are slated to meet in the British capital London to discuss a possible expansion of the current nuclear agreements that would allow Riyadh enrich uranium and extract plutonium while giving American companies the chance to build nuclear reactors in the kingdom.'



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Re: Night of the long scimitars - Saudi Crown Prince's billboard welcome
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Saudi Crown Prince's billboard welcome (Don't mention he's a terrorist funding Yemen mass-murderer)





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'A UK diplomat is working for the firm behind a multimillion pound Saudi PR drive while still employed by the Foreign Office, it has been revealed. It comes as Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince prepares for his trip to Britain.

Jolyon Welsh, whose Foreign Office roles have included deputy head of Middle East, was given special unpaid leave in 2014 to become a senior director of Consulum, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The communications firm was founded by former executives from Bell Pottinger, the agency that collapsed last year after a scandal over a campaign for South Africa’s Gupta family.

Consulum’s client list includes Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, widely known as MBS. He is Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, whose state visit to the UK starts this Wednesday amid controversy over his country’s military campaign in Yemen. Saudi-led coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians and, at one point, sealed off the state to humanitarian access. Spam_A Spam_B Sealing off the borders and ports prevented aid access to the poverty-stricken nation, exacerbating the cholera crisis that has so far affected 31,421 of Yemenis. According to the UN more than 9,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in Yemen. More than 52,000 have also been injured in the fighting since the war began in March 2015.

The Bureau reports that Welsh has at least some involvement with the Saudi account. The fact he is involved at all underscores the close ties between London and Riyadh, as permission to work for a private firm is only given if “directly and closely related to a specific FCO area of interest [and] in line with our strategic priorities.”

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, a member of the Commons committee on Arms Export Controls, told the Bureau: “It’s one thing for the Foreign Office to provide political cover for the Saudis’ assault on Yemen, which defies all notions of proportionality and which I believe in several cases constitutes war crimes. It’s quite another for the FCO to have lent its staff to a company working for the Saudis’ PR operation.”'



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'Backers of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince have launched a “bizarre” public relations drive to improve his image, as he is accused of waging a bloody war in Yemen ahead of an official visit to the UK..

Mohammad bin Salman will be met by both Theresa May and the Queen, but also by protests and anger which Labour’s Emily Thornberry said is about air-strikes on Yemeni civilians, “killing and injuring hundreds”.

But anticipating bad publicity, the Saudi regime’s supporters are pushing back – sending digital poster vans around London and even purchasing advertising that appeared next to Ms Thornberry’s attack article in the press.

Theresa May has said she will raise “deep concerns” over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, but the red-carpet treatment for the Prince indicates the UK is concerned about keeping his favour with billions of pounds of post-Brexit trade at stake.

In a piece in The Guardian, Shadow Foreign Secretary Ms Thornberry wrote that the three-day visit showed the Government “doesn’t care a jot about human rights.”




She went on: “Today the architect of that Saudi intervention in Yemen – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – will visit Britain, and will receive the red carpet treatment from the Tory government, as if he were Nelson Mandela.

“This is the man behind the rolling blockade of Yemen’s rebel-held ports, preventing the supply of essential food, medicine and fuel to Yemeni civilians, and – on all the available evidence – breaching international law by using starvation as a weapon of war.”'



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'Days after threatening to make nuclear bombs, the Saudi crown prince boasts about the kingdom’s rich uranium reserves, saying Riyadh wants to have the ability to enrich its own uranium for use in the nuclear reactors to be built on Saudi soil.

In a lengthy meeting with the staff of The Washington Post, Mohammed bin Salman said his country held five percent of the world uranium reserves.

“If we don’t make use of our uranium it is as if we have abandoned the use of oil,” he added. Spam_A Spam_B The kingdom seeks to set up 16 nuclear power reactors over the next 20 to 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion.

Bin Salman said his main concern was being able to enrich and use Saudi Arabia’s own uranium for use in power reactors, rather than buying it from abroad.

The United States has resumed talks with Riyadh to secure a lucrative deal for the construction of the reactors. China and Russia are vying with the US to build components of new nuclear power plants in the kingdom.''



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'The number of beheadings in Saudi Arabia during the first quarter of 2018 rose by over 70 percent in comparison with the corresponding period last year, a new report by a nonprofit organization says.

In its latest report published Saturday, the European-Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) said executions by the Saudi government in the first quarter of 2018 increased by 72 percent.

The report also showed that a number of foreign nationals also face capital punishment in Saudi Arabia.

ESOHR released its report amid widespread criticism of Saudi Arabia over its terrible human rights record, including the censorship of free speech, indiscriminate incarceration of citizens with no due process, and lack of basic freedoms for women and girls. Spam_A Spam_B The Saudi government refrains from providing any official statistics for people on death row but the organization confirmed that 42 people are expected to be imminently executed, including 8 individuals who were minors at the time of the offense.

The anti-death penalty rights group Reprieve said in March that Saudi Arabia's execution rate has increased since Mohammed bin Salman was appointed crown prince in 2017. The group said 133 executions have taken place in the eight months since his appointment last June, compared with 67 in the eight months before.

Maya Foa, the group's director, said, "The doubling of executions under the new crown prince reveals that, beneath his glossy public image, Mohammed bin Salman is one of the most brutal leaders in the kingdom’s recent history."'



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'Saudi Arabia has arrested seven women's rights campaigners and branded them 'traitors' who were working for 'foreign entities'.

Pro-government media outlets splashed their photos online and in newspapers, accusing them of betrayal for their supposed crimes.

Rights activists said five of those detained were among the most prominent and outspoken women's rights campaigners in the Islamic kingdom.

The activists had persistently called for the right for women to drive, with the ban to be lifted in just six weeks. Spam_A Spam_B However, they stressed that this was only the first step toward full rights and for year also called for an end to less visible forms of discrimination.

They campaigned for lifting guardianship laws that give male relatives final say on whether a woman can travel abroad, obtain a passport, or marry.

Their movement was seen as part of a larger democratic and civil rights push in the kingdom, which remains an absolute monarchy where protests are illegal.

All major decision-making rests with the king and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Some state-linked media outlets published the names of those detained, which include Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef and Eman al-Najfan.'



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'Saudi Arabia has arrested three more women’s rights activists as the regime intensifies its crackdown weeks before it lifts a driving ban against women.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that the total number of detainees now stands at 10 with the latest arrests.

However, the Lebanon-based [Persian] Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) put the number at 12.

The arrest of seven people was reported by Saudi officials over the weekend, with rights groups mostly identifying them as women who have long campaigned for the right to drive and to end a system which conditions women’s freedom to decisions made by their “male guardians.” Spam_A Spam_B “Despite international outcry and calls for the release of these activists, they still remain detained for their peaceful human rights work,” said Samah Hadid, the Amnesty’s Middle East director of campaigns.

“Saudi Arabian authorities cannot continue to publicly state they are dedicated to reform while treating women’s rights campaigners in this cruel way,” she added.

On Sunday, Saudi paper Okaz apparently gave a stern warning to other human rights campaigners by reporting that the seven arrested a day earlier could face death penalty.'



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Senior British diplomat working at firm behind Saudi PR offensive
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'A UK diplomat is working for the firm behind a multimillion pound Saudi PR drive while still employed by the Foreign Office, it has been revealed. It comes as Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince prepares for his trip to Britain.

Jolyon Welsh, whose Foreign Office roles have included deputy head of Middle East, was given special unpaid leave in 2014 to become a senior director of Consulum, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The communications firm was founded by former executives from Bell Pottinger, the agency that collapsed last year after a scandal over a campaign for South Africa’s Gupta family.

Consulum’s client list includes Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, widely known as MBS. He is Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, whose state visit to the UK starts this Wednesday amid controversy over his country’s military campaign in Yemen. Saudi-led coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians and, at one point, sealed off the state to humanitarian access. Spam_A Spam_B Sealing off the borders and ports prevented aid access to the poverty-stricken nation, exacerbating the cholera crisis that has so far affected 31,421 of Yemenis. According to the UN more than 9,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in Yemen. More than 52,000 have also been injured in the fighting since the war began in March 2015.

The Bureau reports that Welsh has at least some involvement with the Saudi account. The fact he is involved at all underscores the close ties between London and Riyadh, as permission to work for a private firm is only given if “directly and closely related to a specific FCO area of interest [and] in line with our strategic priorities.”

Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, a member of the Commons committee on Arms Export Controls, told the Bureau: “It’s one thing for the Foreign Office to provide political cover for the Saudis’ assault on Yemen, which defies all notions of proportionality and which I believe in several cases constitutes war crimes. It’s quite another for the FCO to have lent its staff to a company working for the Saudis’ PR operation.”'



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'Backers of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince have launched a “bizarre” public relations drive to improve his image, as he is accused of waging a bloody war in Yemen ahead of an official visit to the UK..

Mohammad bin Salman will be met by both Theresa May and the Queen, but also by protests and anger which Labour’s Emily Thornberry said is about air-strikes on Yemeni civilians, “killing and injuring hundreds”.

But anticipating bad publicity, the Saudi regime’s supporters are pushing back – sending digital poster vans around London and even purchasing advertising that appeared next to Ms Thornberry’s attack article in the press.

Theresa May has said she will raise “deep concerns” over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, but the red-carpet treatment for the Prince indicates the UK is concerned about keeping his favour with billions of pounds of post-Brexit trade at stake.

In a piece in The Guardian, Shadow Foreign Secretary Ms Thornberry wrote that the three-day visit showed the Government “doesn’t care a jot about human rights.”




She went on: “Today the architect of that Saudi intervention in Yemen – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – will visit Britain, and will receive the red carpet treatment from the Tory government, as if he were Nelson Mandela.

“This is the man behind the rolling blockade of Yemen’s rebel-held ports, preventing the supply of essential food, medicine and fuel to Yemeni civilians, and – on all the available evidence – breaching international law by using starvation as a weapon of war.”'



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Dear Queen Elizabeth and Mrs May,

How can you possibly "WELCOME" this Saudi Prince into the UK?

Your ancestresses were some of the first people to fight in the streets so that women could have the vote !

You know this guy is doing his best to retract civil rights of women and children in his "kingdom".
And women have very few rights in our "ally" as it is.

Is it all about the money ?

Ironically, you have made more noise about keeping Trump out of the UK because of what you perceive as his " human rights abuses"..

While I am no supporter of Trump,
I am ashamed of your hypocrisy.

No, disgusted is a more fitting word in this instance.

Allies, indeed.



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Promoters of Saudi Prince as Feminist Reformer Are Silent on His Crackdown on Women
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'During his US PR tour in March, Saudi prince and de facto ruler of the absolute monarchy Mohammed bin Salman (often referred to as “MBS”) touted the progress the kingdom was making in the area of “women’s rights”—namely letting women drive and combatting nebulous reactionary forces that were somehow separate from the regime.

Since then, at least seven major women’s rights advocates—Eman al-Nafjan, Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziz al-Yousef, Aisha al-Manea, Madiha Al-Ajroush, Walaa Al-Shubbar and Hasah Al-Sheikh—have been detained by Saudi authorities and, according to at least one report (Middle East Eye, 5/22/18), may face the death penalty. Spam_A Spam_B Two of the biggest media corners that helped sell bin Salman as a feminist reformer during the trip and the months leading up to it—the New York Times opinion pages and CBS News’ 60 Minutes—have not published any follow-up commentary on bin Salman’s recent crackdown on women’s rights campaigners (Independent, 5/22/18). Let’s review their past coverage:


  • “In some ways, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who serves as defense minister, is just what his country needs…. He would allow concerts, and would consider reforming laws tightly controlling the lives of women.” —New York Times editorial board (“The Young and Brash Saudi Crown Prince,” 6/23/17)

  • “I never thought I’d live long enough to write this sentence: The most significant reform process underway anywhere in the Middle East today is in Saudi Arabia….There was something a 30-year-old Saudi woman social entrepreneur said to me that stuck in my ear. ‘We are privileged to be the generation that has seen the before and the after.’ The previous generation of Saudi women, she explained, could never imagine a day when a woman could drive and the coming generation will never be able to imagine a day when a woman couldn’t.” —Thomas Friedman (New York Times, 11/23/17)

  • “He is emancipating women…. He has curbed the powers of the country’s so-called ‘religious police,’ who until recently were able to arrest women for not covering up.”—Norah O’Donnell (60 Minutes, 3/19/18)


The 60 Minutes interview was panned by many commentators at the time. “A crime against journalism,” The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan (3/19/18) called it. “Embarrassing to watch,” insisted Omar H. Noureldin, VP of the the Muslim Public Affairs Council (Twitter, 3/20/18). “It was more of an Entertainment Tonight puff piece than a serious interview with journalistic standards.”

The New York Times editorial, while not quite as overtly sycophantic as Friedman and O’Donnell, still broadly painted the ruler as a “bold” and “brash” “reformer.”'



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Detained Saudi activists are being electrocuted, flogged and sexually harassed by masked interrogators, Amnesty International claims
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'Saudi activists, including a number of women, who have been imprisoned from the last six months, have been tortured and sexually harassed in jail, a human rights campaigners have claimed.

Several activists being detained in Saudi Arabia's Dhahban Prison, have reportedly faced sexual harassment, torture and ill-treatment during interrogation, Amnesty International said today.

Saudi Arabia has detained at least ten women and seven men since a crackdown against dissidents in May on 'national security' allegations related to their human rights work.

According to three separate testimonies obtained by Amnesty, the activists were repeatedly tortured by electrocution and flogging, leaving some unable to walk or stand properly. Spam_A Spam_B In one reported instance, one of the activists was made to hang from the ceiling, and according to another statement, one of the detained women was reportedly subjected to sexual harassment, by interrogators wearing face masks.

Many of the detainees, who have been held without charge since May, suffered uncontrolled shaking of their hands and were left with marks on their bodies.

One of the activists reportedly attempted to take her own life repeatedly inside the prison.

Torture and other ill-treatment in Saudi Arabian prisons and detention centres have been routinely and widely reported in the past, in violation of its obligations under international law including the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Many detainees have reported during trials that torture was used to extract 'confessions' from them, to punish them for refusing to 'repent' or to force them to promise not to criticise the government.

Such 'confessions' have furthermore routinely formed the basis for harsh sentences, including the death penalty, without the judiciary taking any steps to duly investigate these claims.'



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‘Mohammed bin Salman Has Ushered in an Era of Unprecedented Crackdowns and Repression of Political Speech’
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'<strong>Janine Jackson:</strong> When Saudi Arabia officially lifted a ban on women driving last June, it made for a great photo-op. Time magazine had a video feature in which they rode along with the country’s first women taxi drivers. 60 Minutes had already declared Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a “liberator of women.” For the New York Times editorial board, the “young and brash leader” is in some ways “just what his country needs,” because “he would allow concerts, and would consider reforming laws tightly controlling the lives of women.” But US media are only slowly coming to acknowledge that beyond the photo-op lies a very different reality.

Journalist Sarah Aziza writes on these issues, among others, for the Intercept, as well as other outlets. She joins us now by phone from Brooklyn. Welcome to CounterSpin, Sarah Aziza.

JJ: You actually saw reporters swarming on the photo-op of Saudi women driving. And one can see why: It’s both a symbolic and a material change that seems to say that Saudi Arabia, under the influence particularly of Mohammed bin Salman, is on the road to reform. But subsequent and even previous events should tell us that that’s not really the story here. What should we know about bin Salman as liberator of Saudi women?

SA: Yeah, I would say that it is not the full story. It is true that there are some women—particularly who come from liberal families, middle- or upper-class families—who are enjoying the benefit of these limited reforms, the increased flexibility for women in the workforce. And the ability to drive was no small thing, symbolically or practically. Sarah Aziza: “One of the themes of bin Salman’s reign is this absolute top-down, unilateral approach, that any rights or privileges granted to his subjects must be seen as coming directly from him, and a product of his will and his will alone.”

But on the much grander scale, Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, as we often see him referred to in the press, has ushered in an era of really unprecedented crackdowns and repression of all forms of political speech. But also just a general chill of authoritarianism that rendered even ordinary citizens afraid to speak about the royal family, to discuss their opinions whatsoever when it comes to the reforms that are happening in their society, or even everyday topics.

Whether it’s issues of culture or commerce, there’s just this sense that, yes, there are movie theaters and concert halls people are enjoying attending, but no one there feels the freedom to speak openly about anything anymore, on the issue of women in particular.

It’s perhaps the most monstrous paradox of MBS’s reign so far, is the way that he’s branded himself as a liberator of women. He’s defended to the foreign press that women in Saudi Arabia are equal, absolutely equal, and that he is just here to empower and raise them up.

And in particular, in relation to the women driving, that’s the most perhaps egregious and awful irony, was that practically all the women who had campaigned for the right to drive—some of them dedicating decades of their lives to peaceful protest and demonstration and petitioning of the government to obtain the right to drive, among other rights—they were all in jail when the day finally came, when all of the reporters were swarming these open lots, these choreographed spectacles that look so good on the front pages of newspapers with these smiling women, but in the meantime, the women that really had the legacy of pushing for these reforms were in detention. They’ve not yet faced trial or even formal charges, not yet had access to legal counsel, haven’t seen their family. And we’ve had recent reports in the past few months that several of them, at least, have faced systemic torture and sexual abuse while in detention, at the same time that MBS was using their cause as evidence of his credentials as a reformer.'



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